Safety tips for severe winter weather
At Spire, our goal is to help you use energy wisely in your home. A big part of that goal includes using energy safely and preventing accidents with your home heating equipment and other appliances. Being prepared is the best way to protect your family, your property and your community.
- As always, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly
- Only use UL-certified space heaters and unplug them when they’re not in use
- Take steps to prevent pipes from freezing and warm air from leaking out by insulating your pipes and opening your cupboards
- Keep back-up generators a safe distance from your home
- Have extra batteries on hand for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Bonus tip: Never attempt to heat your home with a grill, oven or any other appliance that is not designed specifically for space heating
Learn more about natural gas safety during severe weather >
- Stay cozy by insulating and sealing outer walls, ceilings, windows, doors and floors.
- Let hot air flow freely by keeping clutter away from registers, heaters and radiators.
- Avoid the fall rush by having your furnace inspected in late summer or early fall.
- Keep cold air out by closing your fireplace damper when it’s not in use.
- Manage your home’s energy use even when you’re away with a programmable thermostat.
- Bonus tip: Find rebates for this energy-saving device by visiting our rebates and offers section.
- Save on water-heating costs by taking showers instead of baths.
- Conserve hot water by pre-rinsing dishes and clothes in cold water.
- Boil water faster by covering your pot.
- Heat water more efficiently with a water heater that’s the right size for your home.
- Use less water by only doing full loads of dishes and laundry.
- Prevent energy waste by never cooking with a flame that exceeds a pan’s width.
- Give your gas range a break and preheat the oven only when necessary.
- Cook vegetables faster by cooking them in a small amount of water.
- Maintain a consistent oven temperature by keeping the door closed. Each time it’s opened, it loses 20 percent of its heat.
Lowering your utility bills starts with understanding your home's energy usage
Did you know your monthly Spire bill includes a chart with your average natural gas usage? You can view this information in two ways:
Online by logging in to My Account
On your monthly bill (available on paper and electronically in My Account)
While the weather and the price of energy both play a role in all monthly energy bills, the purpose of this information is to help you understand how your own personal habits can lower your bills.
If you're worried about how to pay higher winter bills, help is available through Spire's team of dedicated community support specialists. View all programs and apply today.
Learn more about what goes into your monthly Spire bill.
Investing in a programmable or smart thermostat makes it even easier to save money and energy at home. You may even be eligible for a programmable thermostat rebate.